Tasha Neufeldt, BMT
Populations you specialize with:
Palliative care for children and adults
Children and youth with varied abilities
Older adults/geriatrics and Mental health
Special Skills /Related Training: First Aid and CPR
Personal History: Born and raised in Calgary, I made my way west to pursue a degree in music therapy. Music has always been a meaningful part of my life; exciting, comforting, grounding … the list goes on and on! It has been a valued part of many of my solitary as well as shared experiences.
Growing up, I was lucky to be part of a close community of people where helping and supporting each other was a normal part of life. So, when I began to imagine what career I wanted to pursue, I knew I wanted it to involve helping others in a meaningful way. But I also wanted to pursue music and its beautiful creativity! Wishing there was a way I could become a counsellor who used music as my therapeutic tool, I was delighted to learn of music therapy for the first time. I began my studies at the University of Calgary and after much hard work and dedication, received my BMT from Capilano University with a happy heart. I now live in North Vancouver and enjoy backpacking, snowshoeing, crafting and reading.
Professional History: As a music therapy student, I practiced music therapy with older adults in long term care facilities; palliative care clients in Hospice, one of which was specifically for adults with mental health and addiction in the downtown eastside; and in an elementary school working primarily with children with behavioural challenges. I was also honoured to carry out my 1000 hour music therapy internship at Haro Park Centre working with older adults and at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice working with children and youth with life limiting conditions and their families.
I have had opportunities to use music in a variety of ways including interventions such as group improvisation, songwriting, drum circles, lyric analysis, choir groups, and many more. I have used music to help individuals of various ages cope with anxiety and depression, manage pain, express themselves emotionally, connect socially, practice self-regulation, and simply enjoy the present moment. I look forward to continuing to learn and grow as I progress in my career as a music therapist.
Work Philosophy: My approach to music therapy could be called eclectic or mixed method. My practice is client-centered which leads me to pull from many approaches including humanistic, psychoanalytic, cognitive, and behavioural. I view myself as a facilitator to clients and aspire to see their needs met in a way that best suits their unique self. I view people as whole beings with a mind, body and soul and am privileged to work in a creative therapy which allows holistic treatment of a person, not only a diagnosis.
Personal Life Philosophy: Most of all, my mission in life is to love others in a way that is meaningful to them. I strive to see the beauty around me, encourage others, be accepting, and always desire to learn.
Favourite Quote: “Poetry and Hums aren’t things which you get, they’re things which get you. And all you can do is to go where they can find you.” – A.A. Milne